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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Tacuinum Sanitatis

14th Century

The Tacuinum Sanitatis is a medieval handbook on wellness, based on the "Tables of Health", an eleventh-century Arab medical treatise by Ibn Butlan of Baghdad.

Beautifully illustrated.

It sets forth the six essential elements for well-being:

-sufficient food and drink in moderation,

-fresh air,

-alternations of activity and rest,

-alternations of sleep and wakefulness,

-secretions and excretions of humours and finally,

-the effects of states of mind.

Illnesses result from imbalance of these elements, therefore a healthy life is lived in harmony.